Founded in 1932, this company is over 90 years old and is located in Sakai City, one of the largest knife-producing areas in Japan. The company places a strong emphasis on quality management, particularly regarding the sharpness of the blade, the installation of handles, and educating the local community. We are eagerly awaiting our next shipment and can't wait to receive their exceptional products.
Located in the Ibaraki Prefecture outside of the Tokyo region, these two master blacksmiths are hand forging high carbon masterpieces!
Isamitsu is a smaller company focused on unique handcrafted designs using high quality materials. They design their knives with high carbon steel such as Aogami Super (Blue Super Steel), shirogami (white steel #1), and aoniko (blue steel #2) along with locally sourced wood such as maple and burberry.
Hand forged Aogami Super (Blue Super Steel) is one of the hardest materials to forge due to the composition and requires the utmost skill.
We are incredibly honored to be working with these two master blacksmiths!
Our new knife maker from Miki City, designing unique knives with a focus on the details and useability.
Misuzu is a small family run blacksmith located in Miki within the Hyogo prefecture. They are specifically known for the Misuzu Hamono knife which is a versatile knife invented by the founder, Shinji Suzuki, in 1946. The current blacksmith, Yamato Miyawaki, married into the family and is now the third-generation knife maker.
Exactly what I was looking for. These kitchen shears will not disappoint. Design wise, versatility, sharp. Would buy again!
Without a doubt, this is the finest knife I have ever possessed!
I saw this tool used by a master Chef to remove bones from fish and wanted one for myself. It works like a charm.
I love this easy to grip knife. It minces easily and makes cooking fun again. It is also very pretty and my other knives look sad next to it on my knife rack. I can see that purchasing high quality knives can become addicting. Life is too short not to have sharp beautiful knives. I feel rich using it.
It is joyful to use this sharp and easy to manage knife. It is lightweight, but firm. Slices through vegetables and makes me feel like I am a real chef in the kitchen. It gleams and is the beauty on my knife rack. It is my favorite go to knife now.
Thank you for the prompt delivery and note. This is such a beautiful knife it is the perfect gift.
Great knife, also came really quickly! My partner is enjoying it very much.
I like a good knife in the kitchen and I have a lot. This knife is not only beautiful, it is absolutely amazing. And it’s so well balanced. Let’s talk about sharpness. I have many sharp knives and take time to keep them sharp, but none, I really mean none, compare to the sharpness of this knife. It is beautiful and a pleasure to use. Any absolutely wonderful knife. Oh, and the seller is fantastic too. You won’t be disappointed. Thanks so much!
An amazing knife!!
This is my second purchase from Hasu-Seizo and the quality between the two has been consistently very very good. The blade is, and based on my experience with my other knife, will stay razor sharp after plenty of regular usage. It feels well balanced and comfortable to use and is more or less the only knife I reach for when cooking. An absolute pleasure
Thank you so much for this stunning blade! The little note that came with the knife was super cute but the knife itself was next level. The blade is beautiful and cuts vegetables and fruit to perfection! I will definitely be purchasing another knife from you :)
light and easy to use. Love the finish
The carry bag is very well made and perfect for my knives. Transaction was smooth, with great communication and fast delivery. Thank you!
This knife is beautiful, durable, and high quality! I will definitely be buying more knives from hasuseizo like this one.
My 11 year old granddaughter and 9 year old grandson loved the pink and blue handled children’s knives. She surprised me on how comfortable she was on using your knife.
Looking for high carbon White Steel or Blue Steel? Check out these amazing Japanese kitchen knives.
We have a great selection of Gyuto Japanese Chef knives, Nakiri, Santoku, Petty, and more!
Hasu-Seizo was created with the desire to share the extraordinary craftsmanship of the Japanese knife makers with home and professional chefs around the world. Our selection of Japanese kitchen knives from Nakiri to Gyuto and Usuba to Shobu will leave you breathless.
Hasu-Seizo is a family-owned and operated business based in Seattle that sells handcrafted artisan Japanese knives. Our knives come from a range of Japanese blacksmiths from a variety of prefectures. Our primary knife maker, the Sakai Takayuki brand, is manufactured by our family, blacksmiths, and other master craftsmen in Osaka.
Our passion for the history and traditions of the Japanese knife-making process inspired us to start Hasu-Seizo. We want to educate our customers about the various Japanese knife types and why they're so unique. Our online Japanese knife store has the best kitchen knives to help you achieve your full potential in the kitchen.
There are several ways to distinguish a Japanese knife from a Western-style knife. Generally speaking, Japanese knives are lighter and feel more balanced when you're holding them. They're made of stainless steel or a type of high-carbon steel called Yasugi hagane, which is hand-forged by professionals to be harder and thinner. Additionally, traditional Japanese kitchen knives are single bevel while the Western style knives are double bevel. These qualities make them well-suited to precise tasks.
The Japanese knife-making process has a rich history that can be traced back to the Sengoku period (1467-1568 CE) with the perfection of the katana. It's a complex art that has been passed down through generations through hard work and apprenticeship.
There are many types of Japanese knives, each of which is optimized for a specific purpose. Gyuto chef knives, for example, are average-sized knives ideal for a wide variety of kitchen tasks such as slicing meat and larger vegetables. Nakiri knives, recognizable by their rectangular blade, are razor-sharp, making them well-suited to cutting vegetables and herbs.
We carry a diverse array of knife collections at our Japanese knife online store. This includes petty utility knives, Deba butchery knives, versatile Santoku knives, and much more. We recommend browsing our inventory to find the right knife or Japanese knife set for your needs.
Check out our Guide to Knife Types or our Blog for a detailed look at each knife type. If you still have question we would love to hear from you on our Contact Us page.
Before purchasing a Japanese knife, you should first identify what tasks you intend to use that knife for. This will save you from accidentally buying a butchery knife when you primarily prepare vegetables or herbs and a Japanese vegetable knife like the Nakiri would best serve your needs.
We recommend reading the product descriptions on our website to determine which knife is best suited to you or our Knife Buying Guide. If you're still unsure, we encourage you to contact our helpful staff for guidance. Our friendly and knowledgeable team would be happy to help you. You can get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com, calling 1 (425) 273-5362, or filling out our contact form.
Japanese knives require daily attention to maintain their incredibly high performance. Their performance can even improve over time, so long as the owner cares for them properly. You can protect the delicate blade of your Japanese knife by using them with a wooden end grain board rather than marble, glass, steel, or bamboo boards.
Your Japanese knife should also be hand-washed immediately after being used with a mild detergent. Once you've dried it with a cloth, be sure to store it in an area that's cool and dry. When possible storing your Japanese kitchen knives in a knife protector or saya (sheath) will extend the life of your blades as well.
Japanese knives, if used regularly, should be professionally sharpened once or twice a year. Honing the knives can be performed prior to each use to ensure clean slicing but is not necessary for most home use.
If you opt for sharpening your own knives, we would advise against steel honing rods. Japanese knives should be sharpened at an angle of about 10-20 degrees using a whetstone. For more detailed information, see our Knife Maintenance Guide.
If you don't feel confident about taking on this task yourself, we encourage you to opt for a professional's services.
Buying online has come a long way recently but we understand the challenges. We are here to help you make the best choice possible.
Don't see your question answered in the FAQs above? If you'd like to learn more about our Japanese knife shop online, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our friendly and knowledgeable team would be happy to help you. You can get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 1 (425) 273-5362, or filling out our contact form.
We automatically provide you email or text updates (depending on your preference at checkout) when the order has been processed and the tracking information is available.
Have other questions about the process, check out our Order Information page.
We want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase. However, we know online purchases can be a little tricky and do allow returns (with a few stipulations). Check out or Return Policy & Warranty page for more information.
Feel free to contact us, if you have any questions or concerns.